19 July 2007

A weapons cache found?

Ok, this local story has me pretty hot under the collar.

Apparently, there's a leak in an apartment. Maintenance man goes in to fix the leak and finds an assortment of weapons in the apartment. The weapons found are:

2 AK-47 rifles
1 Uzi 9 mm submachine gun
1 TEC-9 submachine gun
1 40 mm ordnance launcher
Handheld ordnance launcher
About 500 rounds of ammunition.
However, even tho these weapons are all perfectly legal, the police confiscated them anyway.

Federal investigators said weapons found in a downtown Dallas apartment are legal and they might be returned to the owner.
They MIGHT return the weapons? MIGHT? Does anyone else have a problem with this?

We have a homeowner who apparently was doing nothing illegal. The weapons "seized" by the Federal government are legal to own. And they MIGHT give this guy back his guns.

In a related story, the news media in all its brilliance, calls the 4 weapons and the grenade launchers (which you can buy legally and fire smoke grenades out of...) a "large" cache.

Federal sources tell CBS 11 News that law enforcement officers have confiscated a large cache of weapons found in an apartment near the federal building in downtown Dallas.
Shit, there's been plenty of times when I've had more guns IN MY CAR than were found in this guy's house.

Again, there's another reference to the statement that the guns were obtained legally, but the cops took them anyway.

Police seized the weapons even though they say they may have been obtained legally.
If that doesn't send chills up your back, I don't know what will.

Now, a couple of caveats:

1. There was suspected child porn found in the guy's apartment - if he's a pedophile, then by all means, he should go down. But that has nothing to do with having a "cache" of weapons found in a house. Owning guns does not make you a criminal.

2. There have also been conflicting reports that the apartment owner is an Arab, and goes to Saudi Arabia frequently; although terrorism has not been mentioned, the North Texas Terrorism Task Force has been called in. If that's the case, then by all means, take a closer look at this guy.

But to go into someone's house and seize their weapons without cause is about as unconstitutional as you can get. Anyone ever heard of Lexington and Concord?
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